Continuous, ongoing feedback is the key to growth and development of employees, but managers don't always have the time to interface. Managers and employees need easily accessible tools in order to give feedback and input that is quick, real time and relevant to what is happening today. The right tools need to be put in place so managers, team leads and employees can provide and gather input and information to impact performance as it is taking place.
Employees like to know what's going on, who's involved, how they can help and how they're doing on a regular basis. Being able to give and receive real time feedback, view progress, achieve rewards and have a forum for goal or project specific communication will keep employees interacting each day and engaged in their work. Providing tools to manage projects, set milestones and reminders, and view progress will help teams interact and support each other as they work toward common goals.
Empowering teams with the ability to recognize and reward one another will keep the group cheering each other on and heading toward success together. Peer sharing and communication access will allow employees to share best practices and learn from one another. Tools that allow managers and other team members to recognize achievements easily and in real time, will ensure that good behaviors are being reinforced and the right skills are being acknowledged.
Providing snapshots of progress ongoing and conducting frequent assessments can help employees stay engaged by knowing what they have achieved and how they measure up throughout the year. And, if annual performance reviews are still a part of your process, pulling it all together into one final report needs to be as easy for managers as clicking a button!
Setting goals will always be at the core of professional and personal success, but now more than ever, the right tools to set, track, and measure can make or break goal achievement. With the ever changing landscape of business demands, goals need to modified and adjusted on a regular basis in order to remain relevant, meaningful and linked to the overall direction of the organization and employees need to see the link between their day to day work and goal achievement.
Ongoing learning opportunities motivate employees but if it not readily available or relevant to performance success and goal achievement, even the best training content will fall short. Employees need access to self directed and peer-to-peer learning opportunities in addition to "formal" training structures and managers need the ability to easily access and assign training to provide prescriptive solutions when coaching or giving feedback.
"Coaching and development of field employees has always been a top priority for any manager, we all know that. But, it's been difficult to create sustainable and continuous coaching because of the right tools and systems weren't available..."
"TalentFirst provides the missing link between training, coaching, and development. It empowers managers to make prescriptive training assignments in real time when coaching and giving developmental feedback..."